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Deb Deeter

deb deeterDeb is a relationship specialist and mental health generalist. Deb has training in psychotherapy and family systems which allow her to support individuals, couples and families as they explore and resolve concerns that exist in their lives.She has been in the Counselling and Education field for over 25 years. She is an experienced adult educator and workshop facilitator.



Through her work, Deb found she had an aptitude and passion for counselling. She returned to university and attained her Master of Science degree in Marital & Family Therapy, Loma Linda University. Deb attained her professional designation as a Clinical Fellow with AAMFT in 2001 and her professional registration with the College of Alberta Psychologists in 2002. Deb is currently working toward attaining her PhD from the University of Tilburg and is specializing in Grief from a social constructionist perspective.

Deb has worked with a variety of organizations including the Alberta Alcohol & Drug Abuse Commission as a Counselling Supervisor, Executive Director of the Edmonton Counselling Centre, Grief Care Manager for the Regional Palliative Care Program in Edmonton and as a counsellor for MacEwan University. During this time Deb created a successful private practice in Edmonton and in the town of Edson, Alberta. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Technology & Science, Loma Linda University and teaches Addictions and Family Systems. Deb is an approved therapist with First Nations & Inuit Health Branch.

In these diverse organizations she gained a wealth of experience in several areas of psychotherapy. In 2010 Deb moved back home to the Okanagan and established a private practise in Vernon. Sunoka Counselling operates out of The Galbraith House as part of the Vernon Professional Group. She maintains her private practice in Edmonton as well.


Professional Qualifications

MSc , Marital and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University
Registered Psychologist, BC College of Psychologists
Registered Psychologist, College of Alberta Psychologists
Clinical Fellow , American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)/RMFT



Canadian Psychological Association
Registered Member, BC Marriage & Family Therapists (BCMFT)
Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC)
Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis Association


Volunteer Work

Board of Directors AAMFT 2010
President, Board of Directors 2006-2009 Registry of Marriage & Family Therapists in Canada (RMFT)
President, Board of Directors Alberta Association of Marriage & Family Therapists 2005-2006
Kidney Foundation of Canada
Alberta Diabetes Association

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